Municipal Law



Representative Matters


Municipal Law

Municipal Law includes:

  • Formation and management of improvement districts, including water and sewer
  • Municipal consolidation
  • Sustainable community planning
  • Drafting local laws
  • SEQRA compliance
  • Zoning review and enforcement
  • Lease negotiations
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Litigation

Since its formation more than a decade ago, Young/Sommer has been fortunate to represent numerous municipalities in Upstate New York as general legal counsel and zoning and planning counsel. The firm’s attorneys also serve as special counsel to towns, cities, villages, counties, school districts, water districts, sanitary and sewer districts, regional planning commissions, regional waste disposal groups, and other quasi-municipal agencies. Our municipal law attorneys are problem-solvers who work to foster a spirit of cooperation, even between legal adversaries. We understand the need to balance the rights and needs of municipal governments and the communities they represent. Toward that end, we work closely with elected officials, board members, committees and department heads to help them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill their municipal responsibilities. We find that these citizen-volunteers appreciate our focus on “empowering” them to do their jobs.

New York City Watershed

Over the years, Young/Sommer has been a key player in the development and implementation of an agreement addressing development in the New York City watershed. Both Kevin Young and Jeffrey Baker were instrumental in the negotiation of the landmark New York City Watershed Agreement in the early 1990s. Since then, the firm has represented the Coalition of Watershed Towns in conjunction with implementation of that agreement. Young/Sommer represents municipalities within the watershed in various litigation, including a case against the City of New York in which the court agreed with the Coalition that New York City is obliged to pay for upgrades and other equipment for preexisting, privately owned waste water treatment plants in Delaware and Greene Counties. The firm represents municipalities in the Catskill region on public works projects ranging from the construction of wastewater treatment plants, to waterworks projects, to countywide co-composting facilities.

The firm’s Municipal Law practice group includes David Brennan, Michael Moore, Robert PanasciDouglas Ward and Kevin Young.

The following Young/Sommer attorneys represent clients in this practice area.

Jeffrey S. BakerJeffrey S. Baker

Jeffrey S. Baker has extensive experience in environmental, zoning and land use law. He has represented both the public and private sector, including major environmental organizations in the permitting and opposition to major commercial and industrial projects.


David C. BrennanDavid C. Brennan

David C. Brennan graduated cum laude from Albany Law School with a concentration in environmental law and holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Michael J. MooreMichael J. Moore

Michael J. Moore has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court environmental disputes, as well as administrative hearings before State and local agencies.


Douglas H. WardDouglas H. Ward

Douglas H. Ward has extensive federal and state civil practice experience at both the trial and appellate levels. As an Assistant Attorney General from 1984 to 1995, he served as either the lead attorney or the supervising attorney in hundreds of environmental cases, including air, water, wetlands regulation and the State Environmental Quality Review Act.


Kevin M. YoungKevin M. Young

Kevin M. Young has been practicing environmental law for over 28 years. Mr. Young assists clients in achieving their business and municipal objectives while complying with environmental and land use regulations. He also serves as counsel to over 20 municipalities, numerous manufacturing facilities and developers.


Joseph F. CastiglioneJoseph F. Castiglione

Joseph F. Castiglione primarily practices in the areas of commercial, contract, municipal, land-use, administrative and environmental law, with his practice primarily dedicated to litigation in State and Federal courts.


Robert A. PanasciRobert A. Panasci

Robert A. Panasci is a partner with Young/Sommer LLC and has been practicing real property law, municipal law, environmental law and special education law since 2002. His legal practice includes representation of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of real estate matters.


Allyson M. PhillipsAllyson M. Phillips

Allyson M. Phillips received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fordham University and is a 2006 graduate of Albany Law School. While at Albany Law, Allyson served as Associate Editor for the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology and was a research assistant for the Dean of the Albany Law School Government Law Center, Patricia E. Salkin.


Laura K. BomyeaLaura K. Bomyea

Laura Bomyea received her J.D. from Albany Law School, and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Literature, from Bard College.  She spent… Read More


E. Hyde ClarkeE. Hyde Clarke

E. Hyde Clarke joined Young/Sommer after receiving his J.D. from Albany Law School in May 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from… Read More


Kristin Laviolette PrattKristin Laviolette Pratt

Kristin Laviolette Pratt (Associate) has been practicing environmental law, commercial litigation, and real property law at Young/Sommer LLC since 2005. Kristin has represented both corporate and individual clients before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in negotiating regulatory proceedings as well as before local government boards.


Town of Northumberland, v. Del Signore Blacktop Paving, Inc. , Sup Ct, Saratoga County, Index No. 20084229

The firm represented the Town of Northumberland (the “Town”) in a breach of contract action with important implications for other municipalities in New York who… Read More

Village of Delhi, et al. v. Town of Delhi, et al., 72 AD3d 1476 (3d Dept 2010)

The firm represented the Town of Delhi. The Village of Delhi commenced a combined CPLR article 78 and declaratory judgment proceeding against the Town of… Read More